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More than 10 percent of cancer patients have annual out-of-pocket costs that are higher than $18,585, and 5 percent have costs that exceed $35,660.

Goldman, D, G Joyce, G Lawless, W Crown, and V Willey. Benefit Design and Specialty Drug Use. Health Aff. 2006; 25(5): 1319-31.


Benefit Design and Specialty Drug Use
Health Aff
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Goldman, D, G Joyce, G Lawless, W Crown, and V Willey
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Volume 25, Issue 5
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